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Friedgen praises Loh as next Maryland president

Facing an uncertain future and tenuous job security, Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen applauded the hiring of Wallace D. Loh as the University of Maryland’s next president and emphasized the need for strong leadership at his alma mater.

“We really need a strong leader here to really make this place something special,” said Friedgen, who is entering his 10th season as coach.

Friedgen, who was planning to attend Wednesday’s reception with his wife Gloria, said at some point he would also touch base with coaching friend Kirk Ferentz, the head coach at Iowa, where Loh has been provost. Loh, 65, will take over for retiring president C.D. Mote Jr. on Nov. 1.

“I am happy he comes from a school that has a good football tradition,” Friedgen said. “He has had experience with big-time athletics, and I think that’s a positive. Just reading his resume, obviously a heck of an addition.”

Loh has a master’s degree from Cornell, a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Yale. He taught law at several schools, including Vanderbilt, Emory and Cornell.

“I was surprised they named somebody so quickly, so they must have really liked this guy,” Friedgen said. “I trust the selection committee did a good job.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 18, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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